Emollients made from the roots have been safely used for hundreds, if not thousand of years, and the rationale for taking leaf extract internally makes a good deal of sense. Toxicity appears to be nil but, then again, so is the evidence for effectiveness.
A member of the hollyhock family marshmallow has small but attractive flowers carried without stems. It is grown throughout Europe, in Australia, Asia, and eastern North America. The mucilage, which comprises about 30 percent of the roots, stems, and leaves, was used to make the confection known as marshmallow.
The plant's health properties have been recognized since ancient times. Mallow features in a second-century BC herbal, and was illustrated in another from the sixth century AD.
The plant grows to a height up to 4 feet, with a spread of 18 inches. The long, tapering root is cream colored and fleshy, somewhat resembling a parsnip, and the bright green leaves are heart-shaped and irregularly toothed, with pronounced veins in a yellowish green and a downy coating on both sides. The five-petaled flowers are saucer-shaped, white or pink. They bloom in late summer, but with no fragrance.
Marshmallow likes damp conditions, and may be found growing wild on marshland. A perennial, it can be grown from seed sown outdoors in spring, or increased by dividing the roots in the fall. It is important to keep the plants moist, especially during a dry summer.
How to Use
The young leaves and shoots may be shredded and added to salads and soups; the roots may be parboiled, then fried in butter.
An infusion made from the cleaned, chopped roots of marshmallow is a mucilageanous lotion suitable for tired eyes when applied on lint pads. An infusion of the leaves and flowers is softening, gentle, and antiseptic and can be used in creams and lotions for skin complaints. It is also an effective hair conditioner to counteract hair loss.
Marshmallow has been a favorite herb for the potential to help support symptoms of colds and chest infections. Its soothing action can be helpful to inflammations of the gut and lower intestine, especially in conditions like colitis. Combined with licorice, it can make a very effective anti-ulcer supportive. Conditions such as asthma and bronchitis have been reported to respond well to the herb.
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Take one to two capsules, three times daily, following meals.
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